Leaders see things from miles above while others only see things at a surface level.

Leaders start fires in others – fires that have a purpose and are controlled.

Leaders focus on the value they add every minute.

Leaders have the ability to lift the fog to focus on the vital few changes that are most important.

Leaders realize how to sort out the useful hot air from the pretentious.

Leaders have the ability to locate the future stars of an organization and develop them.

Paths to leadership are not always straight forward.

Leaders will often deviate from the rails that have been put before them.

Leaders constantly evolve in how they steer organizations. What works well at one time may not continue to work.

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Introduction

The theme of the Industrial Engineering department at West Virginia University is Leadership for Technology Business. The career profiles which follow are from graduates of the WVU Industrial Engineering program. Each profile consists of two parts: a career interview and an official career biography. You can use this website to identify career profiles in different industry segments and with different career focus areas.

You will also find leadership lessons which were developed from these profiles. These lessons are based upon the experiences of the individuals profiled here. You will find these lessons to be more specific and personally focused than what you will typically find in leadership books.

Career Profiles of WVU IE Leaders

Walt Stender didn’t imagine the career he has had when he was an undergraduate at WVU. In fact, Walt has had two unique careers. For the first 20 years of his career, Walt worked on a series of high profile leadership positions in major corporations.
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Explore Industries

  • Construction

    These businesses include any type of construction from homes to commercial buildings, to government facilities, to large scale industrial complexes.

  • Consulting

    These businesses provide support to other organizations.  Most consulting businesses specialize in a certain type of advice.  Industrial Engineering typically work in consulting firms that focus on productivity improvement, information technology, or corporate strategy.

  • Consumer Goods

    These businesses include both discretionary and staple products. Discretionary products could be such things as electronics, entertainment, clothing, etc. Staples include food/beverages, housing, transportation, etc.

  • Defense

    These businesses support the military through products and services.

  • Energy

    These businesses include the generation and distribution of energy services. Examples include natural gas pipelines and power plants.

  • Finance

    These businesses include banks, insurance companies, investment companies, credit card providers, etc.

Explore Career Paths

  • Business Development

    These careers involve the expansion of the core of a business through mergers and acquisitions or the expansion of the business into new product/services lines or geographic regions. Typically these careers evolve from careers in sales, or planning, or financial analysis. An MBA is generally essential for these careers.

  • Consulting

    These careers involve advising external clients in areas where you have special expertise. Typical areas of expertise include information technology, general Industrial Engineering, or project management. Consulting is often a first step career leading to a management position for a client company or other company which needs your expertise.

  • Customer Service

    These careers involve being an interface between a company’s clients and the product/service it provides. Customer service positions involve supporting the client after the initial sale has been made. Customer service careers often extend the level of business revenue generated from a client. Customer service careers involve a high level of relationship building.

Leaders constantly evolve in how they steer organizations.  What works well at one time may not continue to work.

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